Barney Hegarty is a pen name for Steve Corkhill.
Born in Liverpool, UK, Steve was named by a public vote in the bar of a pub in North Wales. After an enjoyable education where his results reflected his passion and occasional aptitude for team sports, he started his working life training to be an accountant.
His interest in audits soon waned and he changed jobs, only to be made redundant while he was on holiday. So he followed his childhood dream, trained as a schoolmaster and moved into a position in the glorious World Heritage City of Bath, UK. After a fairly rapid rise through the ranks he took his first major career gamble and accepted a 50% pay cut and an 85% reduction in holidays to move into the developing personal computing industry.
It worked. It was quickly evident that there was an enormous gap between the IT specialists and the desires of their customers to be have something both useful and useable. Steve’s particular skills and values were well suited to fill the role of intermediary, specialising in making IT work for businesses across all sorts of sectors. It meant learning every day of his life, which is one of his core principles.
At a birthday party one day, he realised that his commitment to clients meant that he was missing out on his children growing up, so took another career gamble. He resigned and went self-employed.
So FlatBear was born and with it the plan to develop an internet based publishing arm in parallel with his day to day consulting activities. There followed years of study, investigation, wistful dreaming and, frankly, ennui. The consulting was working well and the indie publishing dream slipped out of sight.
He was shocked into action by a series of events in 2013 and 2014 and the result was a series of books under the pen-name of Barney Hegarty, written mainly to test and learn the process of publishing. That established an infrastructure and broke the “one day” barrier.
Receiving his very first payment of literally pennies for making international sales changed the game. He was hooked again.
He finally wrote and published “Reboot For The Worn Out Professional”, a book he had been planning for years in response to seeing colleagues suffering burnout and stress in their high intensity jobs and of course as a result of his own recent challenges.
One day it turned out that he had a heart defect. He went through the experience of open heart surgery, where a barrow-load of beliefs and presumptions were first shattered then realigned. The novel “How To Recover From Open Heart Surgery” is the direct result.
At the time of writing he still lives in Bath. It has been easier to base himself there and travel the world than to continually move around after the work. Apart from that, it’s beautiful.
Steve is still married to Betsan, the woman he first met in 1980.
What do you read for pleasure?
Loads. In books I always enjoy Jack Reacher novels, thrillers and mysteries with twists. I used to read a lot of non-fiction and would consume books about psychology and personal development all day long. That has rather dropped out of my life now and I tend to go with fiction, especially when it is well written and structured. I also like reading sports reports, even though they are well out of date by the time they are available. Sometimes I even enjoy reading newspapers and political commentary, although I have to admit that the real pleasure there is more often in shouting at the idiots who write the copy rather than the content.
I think I get the most pleasure when I feel I am learning something new - especially when it means my mind is being expanded by new ideas or my beliefs are challenged with a well structured discussion or argument.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Oh, the Kindle. No question. It's a fabulously simple and easy to use piece of kit. I fell for it the day I found I could read a book lying in very bright sunshine on a lounger
Based on a true story, this mind-opening novel traces a tale of camaraderie, misguided expectations and a roller-coaster ride of emotional highs and lows as Ben tries to define and meet a realistic version of ‘recovery’ from heart surgery. His heart got world class treatment. But what about Ben himself?
For the hundreds of thousands of people who will find themselves in a similar position this yea
Reboot For The Worn Out Professional is for people who are out of sorts for some reason.
A computer reboot clears away the rubbish that has slowly built up. The same applies to you.
Reboot is a programme that you can use time and again because it's easy, fun and fresh. And it works.
Crucially, it shows you how to start.
Simply add your open mind, willingness and a desire to get your life back.
This book could transform the way you think about your health, wellness and knitting. It quite literally puts the power in your hands.
* The exciting effects knitting brings to neuroscience
* The secret power of hand movements and their influence on the brain's plasticity
* How to naturally get to a state that doctors the world over are desperate to encourage to save billions in costs
Tales of the Unexpected - Did I Know That? Is a collection of the most fascinating facts extracted from the very finest emails received by the author from all around the world.
Each was selected because it made the author laugh out loud in a wry sort of way, appreciating the wonder and fascination of the world around us.
The facts cover a wide range of subject areas and have been selected because
Tales of the Unexpected - True and Embarrassing is another collection of the finest emails received by the author from all around the world. All of the stories are understood to be true and cover a wide variety of situations that should cause you to laugh in tears, in wonder and in astonishment at extraordinary coincidence.
This is a riot of comebacks, public utterances and answers that made the author laugh out loud in one way or another. All were in emails received from around the world and have been gathered as a collection for your edification and delight.
It has been said that we should never underestimate people’s capacity for stupidity. This collection is a reminder that there are plenty of geniuses out there!
“The Art of Miscommunication - - Letters, Forms and Replies” is the second in a set of the very funniest emails sent to the author since the turn of the century. This grouping demonstrates how witty genius and mind-boggling stupidity can sit all around us all the time. All are apparently true and with any luck at all will make you laugh out loud.
“The Art of Miscommunication - Announcers and Help Desks” is the first in a set of the very funniest emails sent to the author since the start of this century. This grouping demonstrates both deliberate and inadvertent displays of genius from announcers, bulletin writers, customer service and Help Desk staff. All are true and hopefully will make you laugh out loud.